The SkinCeuticals Custom D.O.S.E Made One Editor a Personalized Skin-Care Convert
When it comes to skin care, there is no one product or formula that suits all. While there are products that are designated to visibly improve the appearance of skin concerns like large pores, discoloration and acne, what may work for one person doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for you, too. Enter: SkinCeuticals Custom D.O.S.E, an innovative, high-tech skin-care service that offers a personalized corrective serum made just for your skin type and concerns. The boasted benefits are plenty — such as the ability to improve visible signs of aging, address uneven texture, diminish the look of discoloration, dullness, post-acne marks and so much more — which is why we decided to put it to the test. Ahead, read on to see how it works and one editor’s review of the experience.
How Does It Work?
The SkinCeuticals Custom D.O.S.E. is a professional service that combines high-potency ingredients with professional expertise to create a personalized corrective serum just for you. While it may sound all high-tech and scientific, the entire process is done in three easy steps and takes a total of about ten minutes. It starts with a skin-care evaluation done by a professional that you can find using the SkinCeuticals professional locator. Go prepared to take a questionnaire about your skin type and current concerns using the SkinCeuticals diagnostic tool. Then, based on your responses, the skin-care professional will determine which mixture of ingredients will work best for your unique skin-care needs. The ingredients that are used are categorized by their ability to exfoliate, brighten and enhance the appearance of your skin. On that list, you’ll find some of the buzziest skin-loving ingredients like alpha-hydroxy-acids, tranexamic acid, kojic acid, niacinamide and retinol. Once the professional decides which highly-concentrated ingredients to include in your formula, you have to pick your base formulation. You have the option between a hydroalcoholic base, which is an oil-free, thick texture that’s ideal for oily skin types or an emulsion base, which contains conditioning agents and has a light, milky texture for drier skin types.
After all is said and done, your professional will dispense your serum using a machine that works at 1,200 rotations per minute until your personalized formula is completely done — about five minutes total. The product is designed to last three months. After those three months, it’s encouraged to do a check-in with your skin-care professional to adopt a treatment plan (either the same or different) that fits your needs.
What I appreciated about this entire experience was its specificity and efficiency. As previously mentioned, this entire process takes only about ten minutes, which I found mind boggling considering that I was getting a serum made just for my skin type. My formula included ingredients like licorice root and mulberry extract, which help promote an even skin tone, symwhite to brighten the complexion, proxylane to help improve my skin’s firmness and 0.3% of retinol, which if you don’t already know, is the gold-standard ingredient for anti-aging purposes. It’s important to note that if you do choose retinol in your serum, there are lower (and higher) amounts available as it can take an adjustment period to get used to if you are a new retinol user. Once I picked my core active ingredients with the help of my skin-care professional, I chose an emulsion base formulation as my skin tends to become drier during the winter. After a couple of weeks of using my serum every night, my skin looks and feels way better than it did before. The mild redness on my cheeks is less noticeable, my skin looks incredibly radiant without makeup and it feels soft and supple. Overall, it was super cool to experience the high-tech innovation that is Custom D.O.S.E and I strongly recommend booking your appointment as soon as possible so you can unveil the skin of your dreams, too.
*I was given a complimentary treatment and product for the purposes of this review, but it normally costs $195.
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